Scottish schools prompted to apply for meat vouchers

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) has urged Scottish secondary schools to apply for its Meat Vouchers Scheme before the deadline at the end of the year.

Home economics teachers can claim vouchers worth up to £100 through the initiative. Once received, the vouchers can be exchanged for Scotch Beef, Scotch Lamb and Specially Selected Pork at local retailers.

The scheme aims to educate students on cooking with meat, ensuring schools are able to afford fresh, red meat products for cookery lessons.

QMS said the program is a key part of its health and education work to make sure young people understand the role of red meat in a healthy, balanced diet.

Jennifer Robertson, a registered dietitian and QMS’ health and education coordinator, said: “We think it is really important to educate Scottish secondary school pupils, who are the consumers of the future, on the range of ingredients available to them as well as showing them how to cook simple, nutritious meals that need not cost the earth.

“Lean red meat not only tastes good, but is a great source of protein, B-vitamins, iron and zinc. With more than a third of Scotland’s young people lacking in iron, red meat is an essential part of a healthy, balanced diet.”

The scheme has been running for four years, and QMS reported that over 320 secondary schools took part last year, an increase of 20% on 2012/2013.

Home economics teachers can apply by visiting the Health and Education pages of the QMS website www.qmscotland.co.uk

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